Intellectual Property Posts


China: A Patent Rise in Innovation?

Posted: June, 2013 in Intellectual Property

China’s patent office received more patent applications than any other country’s in 2011, according to The Economist.

It’s tempting to attribute this upward trend to increased innovation in the Chinese economy; however, there are other contributing factors.

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Patent Law Rewrites History

Posted: January, 2013 in Intellectual Property

Patent law informs our ideas about who to credit for key inventions and discoveries. Yet sometimes a product’s true inventor does not obtain the patent.

The invention of the radio is an illustrative example.

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USPTO Consistency Initiative Becomes Permanent

Posted: January, 2013 in Intellectual Property, Legal News, Legal Topics

The Consistency Initiative Pilot Program, announced in 2008, has delivered more consistent examination standards for those applying for trademarks and patents through The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Due to the success of the pilot program, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced a permanent Consistency Initiative

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European Patent Office to Reduce Legal Translation Needs

Posted: January, 2013 in Intellectual Property, Legal Translation

The European Patent Office is planning to introduce new legal translation rules for European patent applicants.

The new rules will make it simpler for inventors to obtain patents that are enforceable throughout the European Union.

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Intellectual Property Wars: Google vs. Germany

Posted: November, 2012 in Intellectual Property

Germany’s parliament is considering an intellectual property bill that would greatly impact Google.

Known colloquially as the “Google Tax,” this intellectual property bill would require search engines (such as Google, Bing and Yahoo!) to pay each time they link to many types of media content.

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Patents and Trademarks Contribute to Economy, Report Says

Posted: May, 2012 in Intellectual Property

According to a recent report by the US Commerce Department, industries that use intellectual property extensively contribute significantly to the economy by creating jobs.

The report does not focus on policy. Instead, it highlights quantitative data to support a finding that the US economy is heavily dependent on IP protection.

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Study: Increase in Patents and Trademarks for Women

Posted: May, 2012 in Intellectual Property

A recent study commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council found that the number of women awarded patents and trademarks has increased greatly over the last several decades.

The report analyzed data obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1975 to 2010.

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Supreme Court Reaffirms Copyright Protection for Older Works

Posted: February, 2012 in Intellectual Property

The case before the Supreme Court, called Golan v. Holder, involved a constitutional challenge to a US law that granted copyright protection to artistic works first published in another country between the years 1923 and 1989.

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Attempts to Harmonize International Patent Systems

Posted: December, 2011 in Intellectual Property

So you know what it takes to get a patent in the US, but how difficult is it to get an international patent?

Actually, there is no such thing as an “international patent.” Several patent offices around the world, however, are meeting in an attempt to harmonize patent systems internationally.

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Patent Application Backlog Drops, USPTO Says

Posted: November, 2011 in Intellectual Property

The US Patent and Trademark Office says it achieved or exceeded its goals for processing patent and trademark applications in 2011.

The backlog of patent applications was reduced by 10 percent from previous years — a considerable achievement, considering that patent application filings have gone up an average of 5 percent every year.

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